First Light Festival, a presentation of new works at the Ensemble Studio Theatre

Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation proudly announce the 10th annual First Light Festival, running at the Ensemble Studio Theatre from 11 Apr - 3 May 2008.

First Light Festival 2008 is a presentation of new works commissioned by the EST/Sloan Project, an initiative designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge the existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination.

Now in its tenth season, The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project has premiered over 100 plays, dance and performance pieces, selected from proposals and submissions from around the country. Each season the EST/Sloan Project commissions and develops new works, and presents the results, at various stages from first readings to fully mounted productions, in the First Light Festival.

The festival will present the following Workshops.

  • Pure
    Playwright: Rey Pamatmat
    Director: Talvin Wilks
    Synopsis Alan Turing - inventor of the computer, war hero, and convicted homosexual - has moments to choose: live a secret life in post-WWII England or the complete his life's work somewhere beyond life itself.
    Date: Fri 11 Apr

  • Case Study
    Playwright: Amy Fox
    Director: William Carden
    Synopsis: A young researcher into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome investigates a mother who has lost four children.
    Date: Fri 18 Apr

  • ADA
    Score: Kim Sherman
    Book & Lrics: Margaret Vandenburg
    Director: Lisa Rothe
    Synopsis: An opera on the life of Ada Byron, daughter of the famous poet and the inventor of the world's first computer.
    Date: Fri 25 Apr

  • The Flower Hunter
    Playwright: Romulus Linney
    Director: Jamie Richards
    Synopsis: The journey of discovery by William Bartram, America's first botanist. Bartram ventures into the uncharted south to document the region's wildlife and on the way realizes his own life's purpose.
    Date: Thu 1 May

The following concert reading is being presented as a special event at the festival:

  • The Physicists
    Playwright: Friedrich Durrenmatt
    Director: Jamie Richards
    Cast: James Rebhorn, Laurence Luckinbill and Peter Maloney.
    Synopsis: A story of atomic espionage.
    Date: Sat 3 May

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